Jackson Energy hosts McConnell town hall
August 5, 2016
The United States is at a "political crossroads," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday at a London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce town hall meeting in London, Kentucky hosted by Jackson Energy Cooperative at its district offices.
McConnell kicked off a day of town hall meetings in Southeastern Kentucky with his appearance at Jackson Energy, attended by more than 200 residents and government officials.
McConnell touched on a variety of issues facing Kentucky and the nation, including government regulations and the state’s coal industry. He said the issue is not simply the future of coal as an energy source, because other countries use coal to produce electricity, but what is the future of coal in our country.
Speaking in front of a banner featuring a lineman and the Jackson Energy Cooperative logo, McConnell was interviewed by WYMT-TV while at the town hall meeting.
PHOTO: WYMT-TV reporter Tanner Hesterberg interviews U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at London’s Jackson Energy Cooperative office during a town hall meeting hosted by the Kentucky electric cooperative.
It wasn’t the first time the cooperative hosted an event for one of the nation’s top political leaders. “We work with local, state and national leaders on behalf of our members,” said Jackson Energy President & CEO Carol Wright. “This event provided our co-op members an opportunity to meet and talk with their senator, who holds one of the most powerful political positions in our nation.”
Kentucky has seen a dramatic decline in coal jobs in eastern Kentucky as federal environmental regulations related to the nation’s power plants became more stringent during the Obama administration. “The single biggest complaint I get is not taxation, but regulation,” McConnell said.
McConnell told the town hall meeting that despite the issues currently facing our nation, he was hopeful.
“We’re a big, resilient country,” McConnell said.